Film Academy Elects First African-American President

Hollywood marketer Cheryl Boone Isaacs has been elected president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the organization that hands out the Oscars each year.

She is the first African-American to head the 86-year-old organization and only the third woman to serve as president. She was elected Tuesday evening over governor Rob Friedman, Lionsgate motion picture group co-chair, by the academy’s 48-member board of governors.

Boone Isaacs is no stranger to Hollywood. On top of being behind the scenes on several Hollywood productions, she previously held the title of vice president and will serve for one-year as president, and will be eligible to stay in the role for three additional years.

A few decisions she’ll have to face during her term involve renewal contracts for the Academy’s top executives, as well as overseeing the opening of a Los Angeles Movie Museum, which promises to become the Academy’s largest venture to date.

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